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Old 03-11-2005, 02:52 AM   #16
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Thanks everyone so far I'm using BLAG (FC3 Based) it just rocks and works.

Any opinions?

The distro I'm testing so far : BLAG, ForesightLinux, Frugalware, Arch, VectorLinux, gNOX, Ubuntu/Beatrix, Kanotix, Mepis, VidaLinux, SourceMage, SAM / Mandrake, PcLinuxOS, thats about it .

I'm a bleeding edge person by the way.

Foresight Linux = gnome 2.10 first distro bleeding edge uses conary package manager "conary emerge = compiles, conary update = installs binary" example.
so I can install binaries when I dont have time to wait for compile, but its very young so progress is going ahead , the guys are nice its a few but helpful #foresight @ irc.freenode.net

Frugalware = arch/slack based, uses pacman and its wonderful its young but for a young distro is very good, has about 10 or less devs so the repo is the so big as Arch is. #frugalware @ irc.freenode.net

Arch = too much manual configs but hey you learn this way but sometimes its complex =\ it has a lot of pckgs but of course not as much as MDK/DEB/GEN/FEDORA .. only if it was easier to get going like frugalware (for intermediate user) #archlinux @ irc.freenode.net

SourceMage = source distro that I will probably try again on my laptop since my old pc power supply is dead, sometimes I like source, and the idea of cast the community is great, fun project but dont know if its 100% for me compiling takes time. #sourcemage @ freenode

VidaLinux = gentoo based, has a bug wit dhcp in laptops so thats why i dont use it otherwise I would of its a desktop distro , #vidalinux @ freenode sometimes better their forum isntead

VectorLinux = slack based, best lookin distro, has the videos/audio plugins and stuff all installed but soho has kernel 2.4 =\ and getting a 2.6 kernel is hell and so is installing there for me it is #vectorlinux @ freenode is really dead there nobody hardly talks so its hard, and forum doesnt have a lot of ppl

gNOX = slack based but more modern dont know much abou tit just waiting for their release #gnox @ freenode + forum , we'll see how this progress

Kanotix = my fav deb based bleeding edge distro #kanotix @ freenode basically stuff work here but i get a lil bored of apt-get or thats why i tend to have pacman, conary, urpmi distro(s) around
Mepis = my second . fav could be but i hear the community is really silly

Ubuntu Hoary = some stuff work, some dont but community is pretty good, but w/e
Beatrix = ubuntu based but its too stable

SAM / Mandrake = most stuff work, very few dont / sam a fast livecd with xfce4.2 default less than 300mb MDK based aka add urpmi sources u have a extremely configured Up to date MDK system. SAM currently uses mdk 10.1 base, 10.2 apps mostly

PcLInuxOS = also mdk based but has its own repo and stuff but its fine .

So heres my opinions

and BLAG is working good so far FC3 + Other stuff Fedora doesnt have ,
 
Old 03-11-2005, 03:21 AM   #17
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Actually, SuSE 9.2 is the first distribution I have encountered where everything installs easily and works as it should from scratch. Also, I have been recommended SimplyMepis, but no reason to change when it works.
 
Old 03-11-2005, 03:22 AM   #18
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SimplyMEPIS! is the BEST!!

The BEST newbie distro is SimplyMEPIS 3.3!
Its FREE and THE BEST!!!

See
www.mepis.org
www.mepislovers.com

TRY IT & YOU'LL NEVER GO BACK TO WINDOWS XP!
Highly Recommended!!

Its not only an Installation CD but also a LiveCD + Recovery CD! Run as LiveCD & if u like it install it!
The installation is INCREDIBLY EASY! No linux knowhow required!

I was also like u looking for that kind of distro & then discovered SimplyMEPIS!!

Take care
Cool Blue
 
Old 03-11-2005, 09:00 AM   #19
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simlpyMepis is both good for newbies who don't want to config things, and oldies who don't want to config things... it follows the it just works (for the most part) mentality.

It is one of my favorite Debain based (while not being as good as Debian.....) distros. I haven't tried a few others, but have heard good thigns about Xandros ... I just prefer not to have to pay for anything, and like a bit more config in my system....

I also dual boot Mepis with Gentoo... so i can play on one, and use the other if i break my gentoo (which happens a lot cause i like playing with it)
 
Old 03-11-2005, 09:01 AM   #20
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I agree with jschiwal in that SuSE is by the easiest to just install and work. Fedora Core 3 (which I love and use) requires a bit more tweaking to get right (no mp3, DVD, NTFS support out of the box), and I personally think that FC3 is more suitable for Gnome (Personal preference).

I have used SuSE 9.1 and I love it - it just didn't fit for what I wanted, and I'm biased towards Gnome anyway.

SuSE is the way to go - you can get a LiveCD too to give it a test.
 
Old 03-11-2005, 09:18 AM   #21
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Why do you wanna go for a windows look/feel anyway?
 
Old 03-11-2005, 09:28 AM   #22
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my limited experience as a newbie is that Suse is easier to use than Fedora.
e.g. in Fedora/Redhat you install with next, next,next, it comes up
you click on the browser icon and it says something scary like: "Failed to execute child process"

in suse the desktop functions pretty much like you'd except (from the 5 times I've installed it), all the icons work, games work, etc. my 2 cents worth...
 
Old 03-11-2005, 09:32 AM   #23
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And what's more, I just installed a fresh copy of Fedora 3
clicked on the icon "CD/DVD-ROM" on the desktop and it said:

"mount: can't find /mnt/cdrom in /etc/fstab or /etc/mtab"

Suse has always been able to find the CD-ROM and mount it fine.
 
Old 03-11-2005, 10:56 AM   #24
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Quote:
Originally posted by OSourceDiplomat
Actually, SuSE 9.2 is the first distribution I have encountered where everything installs easily and works as it should from scratch. Also, I have been recommended SimplyMepis, but no reason to change when it works.
Installation is too long for Suse, I think Mandrake takes less.
Plus Suse is too outdated.
At least Mdk has some fun urpmi sources and you can always go cooker if you want to be bleeding edge and wait a week or so before you keep upgrading so it wont brake
 
Old 03-11-2005, 10:59 AM   #25
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Re: SimplyMEPIS! is the BEST!!

Quote:
Originally posted by coolblue
The BEST newbie distro is SimplyMEPIS 3.3!
Its FREE and THE BEST!!!

See
www.mepis.org
www.mepislovers.com

TRY IT & YOU'LL NEVER GO BACK TO WINDOWS XP!
Highly Recommended!!

Its not only an Installation CD but also a LiveCD + Recovery CD! Run as LiveCD & if u like it install it!
The installation is INCREDIBLY EASY! No linux knowhow required!

I was also like u looking for that kind of distro & then discovered SimplyMEPIS!!

Take care
Cool Blue
Been there done that but at the moment I dont have no 700mb cdrs, even though I have 2004-06 burned and MEpis 3.3 test 1 burned too. Its not bad, but Kanotix wins over it its also Free, Faster, 32bit/64bit Edition, LIveCd, DEbian Sid hehe NOw what is the best? ... I would understand MEpis is more user-friendly than Kanotix a lil bit
 
Old 03-11-2005, 11:02 AM   #26
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Originally posted by DeusExLinux
simlpyMepis is both good for newbies who don't want to config things, and oldies who don't want to config things... it follows the it just works (for the most part) mentality.

It is one of my favorite Debain based (while not being as good as Debian.....) distros. I haven't tried a few others, but have heard good thigns about Xandros ... I just prefer not to have to pay for anything, and like a bit more config in my system....

I also dual boot Mepis with Gentoo... so i can play on one, and use the other if i break my gentoo (which happens a lot cause i like playing with it)
I agree..

I also like to dual-boot at least. right now on my hard-drive 1 I am triple booting 30gb , swap, foresightlinux, archlinux and ubuntu hoary -- testing testing =)

my hard-drive 2 (usb external enclosure) I usually turn off the laptop, swap out the first hard-drive, and put in that 1 and put the first 1 in the enclosure and use either or as a temp. backup if I need to.
 
Old 03-11-2005, 11:04 AM   #27
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Originally posted by ksgill
Why do you wanna go for a windows look/feel anyway?
Not at all, not the windows look or feel
i Just meant for something with Huge REpository, works, good community, free, and good to learn and have and use
 
Old 03-11-2005, 11:10 AM   #28
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Well for any Fedora/REdHat lovers ... I got something for you "BLAG"

www.blagblagblag.org

BLAG is a Linux distribution based on Fedora Core and reduced to one CD. It includes useful applications missing from Fedora Core (e.g. mp3, p2p, apt, etc...), as well as a suite of graphics, Internet, audio, video, office, and peer-to-peer file sharing applications. BLAG is up-to-date with all Fedora errata fixes at time of release and uses synaptic for easy upgrades. The name stands for Brixton Linux Action Group, which works to overthrow corporate control of information and technology through community action and to spread Free Software.

YUm + APt-get

 
Old 03-11-2005, 11:21 AM   #29
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Quote:
Originally posted by RobNyc
Not at all, not the windows look or feel
i Just meant for something with Huge REpository, works, good community, free, and good to learn and have and use
not sure if you mentioned it above or not, but if you haven't, look at debian and slackware - both have awesome communities, both completely free (both senses of the word). repository/upgrading systems are obviously different, but give them a shot.
 
Old 03-11-2005, 12:03 PM   #30
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Quote:
Originally posted by RobNyc
Not at all, not the windows look or feel
i Just meant for something with Huge REpository, works, good community, free, and good to learn and have and use
In that case, I'd say Suse/Mandrake/Fedora..
 
  


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